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The world is consumed by a pandemic.
SARS-CoV-2 is the virus,
COVID-19 is the disease.
To the human eye, it’s invisible
under a microscope, it looks horrendous
an evil octopus shape
that kills humans
by the millions.


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Researchers think the virus
originated in bats
then jumped to an intermediary species —
most likely pangolins, pigs, or civets —
who passed it to people.

As a child, I feared the dark,
not anything specific,
just the dark itself —
under my bed,
in our basement
behind the furnace.

I confronted my fear,
walked down the basement stairs.
I defied the mysterious dark
to do its worst.
I was tired of being afraid.

To my surprise,
nothing happened.
I had conquered my fear.
No longer was I a prisoner.
I was free!

Today, I fear COVID-19.
I wear a mask when not at home
but I’m told that the mask
is to protect others,
not to protect me.
What good is that?

If I contract the disease,
am confined to a hospital
on a ventilator
I may recover or not… but
will I ever see the angel
behind the mask?




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